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"mony james" Discussed on The Twilight Zone Podcast

The Twilight Zone Podcast

12:57 min | 2 years ago

"mony james" Discussed on The Twilight Zone Podcast

"About the character. I don't really get it you know and anyway Mony James My major there at the time it's one of the MCI said well. I gotTa tell you she said I told them what you said and she said well if he doesn't do this. Just forget what house US Ninety you know so so I did it and I wasn't. There's happy with us I would like to. I was not terrible but it just wasn't I just never really understood stoop hell I was doing it by some of the stuff. anyway That's how I ended up with but but the nice thing. Here's a lucky again. If I hadn't done limit I probably wouldn't have done because it was you know after rehearsing. I think I told you this rehearsing one day. One day one one of the first couple of days how down through the parking lot to go home and I ran into Rod Rod serling whom I had not seen for a year. And that's when we begin to talk and he told what he was doing and and about this he said science fiction and I says I said well. It's all said this when he said we've we've offered to Tony Kurdish or twenty years. I can't remember which one but they said they wanted too much money and he said I'm going to send it to you have you. Have you ever see read. Read it and see if you want to do something to that effect and I and I didn't think I told you I haven't having been forbidden planet. I thought another. Oh you know another science fiction show with thirty guys. Spaceship was when I got it. I was just fascinated intrigued by now. I'm pushing go to read the whole trip that supper that night dinner I mean did it. Did it seem like something different at the time was you was. It does seem a bit strange. Or how did you feel about well. First of all first of all reading it I I got Gustavo's reading it. You know I I mean it was just as I did today watching it and all I. It's just super compelling to me you know this guy this loneliness holiness of this thing and and of course I was dying. I love to believe I leapt at the chance to do this character on and we we had to read through and now it's kind of interesting just because there's nobody actually just an easy you know But they they read. It did stuff in between the lines. The action stuff and I was hobby hours. A little little I'm concerned because I'd never done somewhere along the line a two character play I don't really before that or after that I think it was just before though The one of especially high Akao and I told you about that didn't Well since you did you see the bridge on the River Kwai of course yes. Yeah well he was. He was the colonel of the prison camp but he was also back in into the twenties and the thirties he was a big star. Aw here in Hollywood. I'm here. He was a big star and When the war broke out on he went to he went to live and he he? He was torn between Japan between in Los Angeles and the United States as legislators so instead of that he went to Paris and he lived in Paris all through also also the war. The war was finished and took a pain. became an artist A very interesting man and He was coming back to appear At the event for the Academy Awards Time We'd be in the country For the Academy Award Anyway. It was all about that and they had lined him up to do this play. There's two character play where the where the job and went to to to to enemies I bill out of an airplane. Triple plan on an island in the Pacific and turns out. There's one Japanese soldier left on the island and bitter enemies and I and I and how we get had how we're drawn to each other. How what how do we become Cetera et CETERA? The Gimmick was that he and we spoke Japanese. Let me smoking this and this for our interesting without sometimes as I recall but it was It was really interesting if it was a challenge. You I know that means I mean we're trying to convey thoughts and I it was wonderful and It was it was it was exciting to do really burst but I so I think it may have come out I'm not sure they came after before but But I I had. I'm not sure about that. I think it came before I see I see. Yeah it was it was a it was a challenge and and every time I wanted to discuss the character I thought Gee I gotTA gotTa get into this. You know do some heavy work here. You know and Every time we never had a chance to discuss yes The the acting director Robert Stevenson and at the end and we started shooting. And anytime I'd go up to Bob To Talk A to him may have told you this but he said he he usually on the phone. He's always on the phone and so we really. I never talked to him about the character. We never talked about the character And it turns out. He's no religious. We became really good friends. He said that every time I came up to him he doesn't he. Doesn't you WanNa talk about this. And he didn't sent the way he works. You know and he so he would he. He said he would make excuses and always have a phone call. You know every time that might approach it so so was it difficult to do well I was watching today and I and and and I don't I can. I kept thinking. Do I look self conscious but anyway anyway Some of the worst for example. I gotTa said this from four somewhere in print. But but some of the words I wouldn't discussing using Scrooge and a bit of a bit of we'd there was something that he ate for it was Ah stuff I seemed a little strange coming where it seemed a little strange coming out of my mouth you know. I mean it wasn't that I couldn't do it. I wasn't embarrassing but it was just just you know it didn't always fit in my mouth. I understand but You know but it was fun doing it. You know I mean I love doing but as you know You know the first day we shot the very first day. We shot toward getting toward dusk and we have another shot to finish up to do. And his I heard the cameraman reloading. I heard quite loudly. Oh come on camera man. I think he'll do that. No no please go hi. It's a shame that we see. I never saw what the real story he was. What had happened? But it seems that Somehow we didn't have a shot We had we were going to go back the next day. A and they they they will lead to reshoot everything we did and that was in that first year was a killer. I Know Long Day and you know as as the only accurate we're always up there you know and it was very tired but he was getting tired and when I went home that night I i. I didn't feel well and took my temperature and I had a hundred degrees fever. This is falling the first And I took a hot bath and I have. You had to do some pills and stuff and I went back the next day. Other than being Ho Ho paying of stuff little horse I seem seen to be okay but but but that that I was a killer and then have to do over again was was rough as far as I recall. We had to do everything over again. You know I know the direct Didn't really WanNa talk to you about the character. But was rod around. Did he speak too much about it. I always seems like he was there a lot and I was delighted because I could see that he was you know. Please he'd suggestions. I suppose I mostly to the director to the camera and you know I don't remember I don't remember really talking to him either about it. Too in depth. Yes you know It was just you took hold over and said okay. Let's do it you know but I I do. I think I and this was misquoted quoted and I'll say I did make a suggestion once when I was in the didn't realize yet what what what was happening. I didn't realize what what trauma there was behind undoing this whole thing and and how much how much he had How how how how how hard it was he? And how much dependent on being terrific. Doc You know how much you depended on being something that he could sell. Go back to New York himself to the sponsors and and I mean nobody. How many knowing really how If if they thank God nobody kept saying. You know we've got to get this right. We gotta get this. You gotta you gotTa be wonderful. No no nobody did anything like that. And I didn't unrealized You know just how we import to me has never show us for another Rod. serling show but I didn't realize that he had had not not yet sold it that it was not a couldn't go right to the shelf. You know if it was somebody who wanted to they wanted to put on the air you really struggled to do the right thing and Geico. I didn't know that when I made a suggestion. I should you know rod you know. Why don't I when an phonebooth? What am I looking through? And of course the the the names. I heard the laugh because the names I was using all my relatives names that was reading supposed to Belmont ballade vulne. You know that's my mother fell mushy among my stepfather. Centers Block was Anyway to my dad died but anyway I actually what if I. What have I in my frantic? Whatever twelve page and you just Kinda shut in my pocket as I heard the as I saw the police station and they went over to I said you know and then it gets all? Maybe when I'm on the on the stretcher they could fall out take me out of the out of the capsule away you know. And then you know sending you is that maybe it wasn't just a three-man imagination or whatever yeah and and he said He liked the idea but he said we can't. I can't do anything he said. That's the big problem. He said that they don't WanNa do science. Let's fiction and he said they don't want anything that isn't explainable. But I didn't. I didn't realize I had no idea that that it was so many things against getting it on you know but but he actually really good sale have you have you said you have the definitive twilight zone collection. I do. I do that in the book. And this book there and then maybe that's crazy And then also The the original His his sales pitch to the to the to to the to the network and then he goes into that he leaves into ways. Everybody okay. Well that's what I was looking at but but I had no idea that there was so much going on that. There's so many so many strikes against is getting it on but if they hadn't liked it I mean if they hadn't if he had done on something that that that sponsored say well how can I one of the things I had was against the fact that they didn't have a regular cash in on the and he didn't. What do they weren't sure what they were selling at the time or there's some of the sponsors and in workers on confused about? Well how am I going to be there every week or you know the You know But anyway I said that's really anyway that's been explained to me. How look how slim line? He was walking on very careful that we did something explainable and and this certainly does explainable and by the way of course. I didn't know at the time that he based on real on a real situation. You know the the cover of magazine story a Oh cover story on on Time magazine doing that year..

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"mony james" Discussed on Awards Chatter

Awards Chatter

04:50 min | 3 years ago

"mony james" Discussed on Awards Chatter

"He he's he shied away from that for whatever reason he didn't think that was something that I should pursue. However, he did send me to agent men in BIC bassman, and I signed with dick. And I think it was I don't even remember can't pay. It was the forerunner icy and general artists see orders, corporation and other place. I hung out a lot, you know. But he was my first Asian the first interview that he sent me on was to meet a woman named Lillian Gallo at FOX and FOX had a contract program. But it was basically made up of friends of friends or, you know, driven by nepotism. It wasn't taken nearly as seriously as the program at universal the people work in. Ursel Mony James got those guys on shows universal. But I, you know for the first time, I was drawn a paycheck. I was living know on Tennessee, the back gate of that FOX and pay an eighty five dollars a month rent and drying paycheck for eighty five dollars a week show. That was in hog heaven who else was part of the FOX Shelly can just come in out of you know, he was SE just graduated from ESI was a basketball player, and he was new to the program. Eighty Williams was there, of course, from this one program came the two great mustaches of our time. Either one. Right. Right. So they weren't as good as universal about putting their young talent into movies, but you did have small what was your first small film role films. Screwing was first thing than it. Did. Panel. Really, you know, I don't know again. It was me being the lizard hanging out in the lounge I found out where the scripts I came at FOX I knew pretty quickly that being a contract player that wasn't going to share me of work. Right. But I found out early on that the script gun and think of Jack Bauer told me this who was the head of cast in there. The first place they landed was the legal department. Two women that worked in legal permanent. Guttering ovary will and open her door to MS it anytime, you wanna come in looking script coming. So I'd go in there and look for the one liners or the two liners and go down to whoever was cast in them and give them the name, titled or the number and the title of the script and saying let the come and read for when it comes. So I got work doing that one a lot. But I got we're. Well, absolutely. And it sounds like one of the earliest found parts in nineteen sixty nine even if it was just a blip was a movie called push cast in the science kid, which the female lead of was to be my wife Pierre's later Katharine Ross, right? So gender ten years later. What were you doing in that movie, and did you guys interact at all? Not at all. Saw her from afar. Lot going into the commissary, basically, she was gone with Conrad Doug for film. Right. You know, there is there's that whole hierarchy. I wouldn't have approached anybody on that film, actor, and it was basically an extra piece card player number two. Be specific and the all have positive. The only reason my name is in the credits. I think it falls second from the last on the crow biz because I was a contract player. It was a contractual thing. Interesting literally shadow on the wall had one line out kick to off camera. Well, as the sixties came to an end, I know so, you know, increasingly did the studio system, which means they no longer had much of an incentive to develop young talent. But that you know, you're on your own at that point. Right. So I guess everybody gets let go right sooner or later and becomes free agents. And I just wonder for you was that scary. And was that art when you're now, you know on your own you're gonna group things came out of the studio relationship for me. And I think probably the greatest thing other than, you know, working in certainly being an actor for the first on my life. But I got the long term relationship with the Newman claim the great composers. Yeah. And the doctor. And the producers it was a huge band of brothers..

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